Procurement Overview

The Columbus Procurement Department strives to provide the right goods and services at the right time and in the most cost effective manner.

To achieve this goal a rigorous supplier evaluation process is followed to ensure that the Vendor is able to supply what is required in the correct quality and quantity, on time and with the necessary backup services.

The Vendor Application process:

  • The evaluation process starts with the application form which the Supplier must complete. The form is available from this website.
  • The application requires the potential Supplier to complete a list of the goods and services the supplier can provide as well as their location, contact details, ownership, size, BBBEE status, ISO and other certification, and compliance with the legal requirements to run a business in South Africa.
  • This information is reviewed by the Vendor Committee (consisting of Engineers representing the whole business) who decides on the appropriate action to take and may involve an audit at the suppliers’ premises.


Supplier Audits and Development

The supplier audit is a comprehensive review conducted at the supplier's manufacturing site to evaluate our potential supplier's ability to produce and supply products that conform to customer expectations and specifications. During the Vendor application process, it will be determined if the potential supplier is a supplier of critical products.

On completion of the audit the application is again presented to the Vendor Committee for a final decision.


We aim to create a culture of open communication in order to create a favourable business environment. We request that all pre-order/ contract business (such as solicitations for products or services, contract negotiations, pricing, quality requirements and lead times) be directed to the appropriate purchasing representative via e-mail. Relevant e-mail addresses are displayed on the contact page of this website